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German police arrest suspect in murder of Nottingham gamer

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German police arrest suspect in murder of Nottingham gamer
Murder victim Matthew Pyke. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police
18:11 CEST+02:00
German police in the state of Hesse on Thursday have arrested a man suspected of murdering a 20-year-old student from Nottingham, England in an incident that appears to have been sparked by an online dispute.

"With information from the Nottinghamshire police and an intense investigation by the Limburg-Weilburg department, a 21-year-old suspect was arrested under suspicion of murder,” police spokesman Bruno Reuscher told The Local on Thursday, adding that there was an internet connection between the two young men.

“Work between the Limburg-Weilburg station and the Nottinghamshire police is running smoothly and successfully,” he said.

In a hearing before a Limburg judge this afternoon, the suspect was ordered to remain in police custody while awaiting extradition to Britain.

The arrest in Hünfelden near Wiesbaden came following a Nottingham police investigation into the late Matthew Pyke's online gaming hobby.

Pyke, who would have started courses at Nottingham Trent University in October, was found stabbed to death in his flat by girlfriend Joanna Witton on September 19.

Police have been investigating the couple's connection to a website, Wars Central, for fans of the computer fantasy game Advance Wars, where the couple acted as co-administrators.

Pyke, known as “Shade” on the site, allegedly had an argument with the German gamer who may have sought revenge, the Nottingham Evening Post reported. The site has since been closed to new registration "to protect the privacy of our users," a site administrator wrote on Thursday.

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